Director Tim Miller On ‘Deadpool 2’ and What He Didn’t Get Right in the First Film


Deadpool has earned over $US758.6 million worldwide, officially making it the highest-grossing R-rated (U.S. classification) picture of all time. 20th Century Fox took a chance and it payed off. Bring on the sequels.

Director Tim Miller is back at the helm for the still-untitled follow-up, which was put into development before the film was even in cinemas. In an interview with Collider, Miller confirmed that Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick “have been working on the script” and said he wasn’t feeling pressure to bring the film to life in an unreasonable time frame. As of now, Deadpool 2 is expected to be ready for release sometime in 2017.

“None of the times that have been under discussion have made me go, ‘Oh no, you’re going to make me do something horrible just to meet that [release date],'” Miller said. “They want it to be great, and they’re giving us the time to make it great.”

Deadpool-movie-600x379Although Miller was careful not to give away anything regarding plot, he did say that he would like Deadpool 2 to stick with the R rating afforded to the first film, but pointed out that it would ultimately depend on the film’s budgetary needs.

“I’ll just say I’d like it to be an R-rated movie, but I’ve always been very realistic. We’re not making fine art here. This is commerce. So if for some reason there was a story that needed to be bigger and needed to be at a certain budget, and it didn’t warrant an R-rated budget, although it’s harder to make that argument now after Deadpool, but let’s say we were saying it before Deadpool came out; I understand that. I’m not one of those directors who goes ‘I want it because I want it!’ and ‘It should be because I think it should be!’ There’s economics at work here, and I would like it to be R-rated.”

Despite Deadpool earning very positive reviews across the board, and the box office pull speaks for itself, Miller revealed he isn’t too happy with the “scope” of the film.

“It feels like a small movie to me and I feel like I could have done a much better job of getting us out there and adding some scope,” Miller said. “I don’t think I did a good job with establishing shots and scope and making it feel like a bigger world. It feels like a small indie movie, and some of that works well, but some of it I think I could have done a better job of making this feel like a world a little more.”

Nevertheless, the film is an enjoyable hit, and now there’s the potential for him to do more with the sequel. As we know, ‘more’ doesn’t always suggest a good film (Spider-Man 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand, for example, were bloated messes), and Miller’s well aware that going bigger shouldn’t be the primary focus of a follow-up.

“I don’t look at Deadpool and think, ‘Oh, that’s a perfect movie.’ I look at it and go, ‘Oh, God, there’s so much stuff I could do better.’ What you don’t want to do is all the stupid stuff like ‘Oh, now it has to be twice as big because people are going to be bored!’ or ‘It’s going to have three times the villains!'”